Zimbabwe under the scope

Zimbabwe under the scope
George Chigova of Zimbabwe celebrates a victory with teammates during the 2018 COSAFA quarter finals match between Zimbabwe and Botswana at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 03 June 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Scent ition

Tuesday May 21, 2019. 09:00

African Football takes a closer look at Zimbabwe with the 2019 COSAFA Cup fast approaching.

Established: 1965

Affiliated to FIFA: 1965

Affiliated to CAF: 1980

Honours: 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2017, 2018 COSAFA Cup winners; 1985 East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup

Biggest win: Botswana 0–7 Zimbabwe (26 August 1990)

Biggest defeat: South Africa 7–0 Rhodesia (9 April 1977)

Biggest win in COSAFA Cup: Zimbabwe 6-0 Seychelles (30 June 2017)

Biggest defeat in COSAFA Cup: Zimbabwe 1-4 Namibia (21 May 2015)

Leading scorer in the COSAFA Cup: Peter Ndlovu 7 goals

History summary: Zimbabwe are record six-time champions in the COSAFA Cup and one of the region’s powerhouses. Their last triumph came in 2018 when they beat old foes Zambia 4-2 in a thrilling decider that went to extra-time in Polokwane.

It had followed a 3-1 success over the same opposition in the previous year’s final, keeping up the rivalry between the two in the COSAFA competition.

That really started when Zimbabwe won the 2009 trophy by beating Zambia 3-1 in the final, but then lost to Chipolopolo four years later in Ndola as the Zambians claimed a 2-0 final success.

Prior to that they were victorious in 2005 in Mmabatho, again beating Zambia in the final.

In 2003, they easily beat Malawi in the decider, winning both legs for a 4-1 aggregate triumph. Their success in 2000 in the final against Lesotho ended a long spell of poor luck for the nearly-men of African soccer, who for more than two decades have consistently narrowly failed to qualify for both the World Cup and African Nations Cup finals.

That changed with the Warriors qualifying for the Nations Cup finals in Tunisia in 2004. They also competed at the 2006 finals in Egypt, in 2017 in Gabon and will return to the main stage this year in Egypt.

COSAFA CUP FINISHES

1997 – First round

1998 – Runners-up

1999 – Quarterfinals

2000 – Winners

2001 – Runners-up

2002 – Quarterfinals

2003 – Winners

2004 – Semifinals

2005 – Winners

2006 – Semifinals

2007 – First round

2008 – Quarterfinals

2009 – Winners

2013 – Runners-up

2015 – First round

2016 – First round

2017 – Winners

2018 – Winners


COSAFA CUP RESULT RECORD

P W D L F A

Home 19 12 3 4 31 16

Away 36 22 10 4 68 25

Total 55 34 13 8 99 41



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